MOREHEAD, Ky. -- A pair of 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament teams hook up on Tuesday when Morehead State (1-2) faces Big East Conference opponent West Virginia (2-1) at 7 p.m. ET. The contest will be played at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.
The game will be shown live on the Big East Network. It will also be broadcast on the Eagle Sports Network, which includes four affiliates in Eastern Kentucky and MSUEagles.com.
Morehead State posted a 100-48 victory over NAIA foe Asbury (Ky.) last Thursday, while West Virginia rolled to a 97-62 win over Alcorn State the same night.
MSU owns seven NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, while WVU owns 24. The Mountaineers have been to eight Sweet Sixteens and two Final Fours.
Senior Terrance Hill leads Morehead State in scoring (13.3), while junior Milton Chavis paces the Eagles in rebounding (6.7) and senior Ty Proffitt tops the team in assists (2.3). Hill and Proffitt lead a group of just five returnees from last year’s postseason squad.
West Virginia went 21-12 overall and 11-7 in conference action last season. The Mountaineers defeated Clemson in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kentucky.
Donnie Tyndall is in his sixth season as the head coach at Morehead State (97-72, .574) and his seventh season in charge of a college basketball program (127-77, .623).
Bob Huggins is in his fifth season as the head coach at West Virginia (103-43, .705) and his 30th year in charge of a college basketball program (693-254, .732).
West Virginia has won both games in the all-time series against Morehead State. The teams have not met since Feb. 25, 1981, when the Mountaineers posted an 82-69 victory in Morgantown. Tyndall has never faced WVU, while Huggins is 9-2 all-time vs. MSU.
The Eagles are playing seven of their first eight regular-season games on the road this season. MSU won’t square off with a Division I opponent at home until Dec. 7.
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